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Kelly

SOUTH PASADENA, US, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10140)
    Performance
    (9184)
    Story
    (9264)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    ""Infernal" would be a more apt title."
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    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

    I would not read another book by this author based on the author's name alone. I like the symbology angle of some of Mr. Brown's books, but the last two books have not measured up to The Da Vinci Code and the political bent of Inferno has made me wary.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The "twist" in the middle of the Inferno unraveled all of the good will in certain of the main characters; it did not work for me. The ending was even more dissatisfying -- I resent having to accept the moral decision that the author wanted readers to swallow in the final stage of the book. The hero of the story - Langdon - should have had more moral fiber in the face of the decisions being made by others, especially after Mr. Brown spent the first half of the book building to a different moral conclusion. The readers are suddenly asked to accept the villain as hero and his evil as enlightened politics. I did not enjoy the ride.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening sequence was exciting, it went down hill from there.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    I would cut Dr. Sinskey.


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3142)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2771)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Connelly Delievers"
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    Where does The Gods of Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Michael Connelly and The Gods Of Guilt is a solid Connelly work - I place it in the top quarter of the books I have read in this genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Connelly is a master of keeping you involved by constantly tightening the cords of suspense as the story moves along.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator does a good job of becoming Mickey Haller - owing to the first person narrative employed by Connelly. The performance was solid, but there is a certain predictable cadence to his voice that can become annoying at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The murder of Earl was an unexpected event -- and Haller's passion and sense of loss for Earl moved me. I will miss Earl too.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was satisfying, even though a bit predictable. The predictability doesn't matter. With Connelly, it is all about the characters, how they grow, how they deal with the challenges of life. That's the joy of a Connelly novel - the characters aren't necessarily family, but you get to know them and feel for them. I will continue to read everything that Michael Connelly writes.

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